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Book Talk: Free Speech with Ian Rosenberg
May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We are pleased to present this important discussion and book signing with our community partner, Into Leaf.
“Essential reading for journalists, political activists, and ordinary citizens” – Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
Hankering for a robust discussion about something really important? Come hear media lawyer Ian Rosenberg talk about his book, “The Fight for Free Speech” and its graphic novel companion, “The Free Speech Handbook,” with moderator Ted Schillinger.
Americans today are confronted by a barrage of questions relating to their free-speech freedoms. What are libel laws, and do they need to be changed to stop the press from lying? Does Colin Kaepernick have the right to take a knee? Can Saturday Night Live be punished for parody? While people grapple with these questions, they generally have nowhere to turn to learn about the extent of their First Amendment rights.
Rosenberg’s books answer this call with an accessible, engaging user’s guide to free speech. Each chapter focuses on a contemporary free speech question—from student walkouts for gun safety to Samantha Bee’s expletives, from Nazis marching in Charlottesville to the muting of adult film star Stormy Daniels— and then identifies, unpacks, and explains the key Supreme Court case that provides the answers. Together these fascinating stories create a practical framework for understanding where our free speech protections originated and how they can develop in the future.
Where/When: Weds. May 18 from 7-8 PM at Hudson Valley Writers Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY
$20 for the event only
$30 or $35 with a signed book of your choice
Free for students under 21
Who: Geared towards teens and adults, but all are welcome!
About the Author:
Ian Rosenberg has over twenty years of experience as a media lawyer, and has worked as legal counsel for ABC News since 2003. Rosenberg began his legal career clerking for a United States district court judge in the Eastern District of New York, and then working as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, and teaches media law at Brooklyn College. He lives in New York City with his wife, Caroline Laskow, and their two children.